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ArtworxTO Tours

Explore free self-guided public art walking tours today! We've partnered with Driftscape, local community artists and arts organizations to curate free public art tours all across the City. The tours include bonus media materials, artist interviews and features pieces from the City’s various divisions:  StreetARTorontoPercent for Public Art, and the Public Art & Monuments Collection.

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Murals at Underpass Park by multiple artist in different styles.

Ness Lee and Collaborators, Untitled

From Corktown to the Dollhouse – Curated by artist Ness Lee

Ness Lee States “As an artist in the city living on the east side, over time I found myself seeking familiarity- notions of 'home'. In doing so, there have been many spots, some included in this tour, that have brought me great comfort. I've come to appreciate when places bring a sense of stability, sparks a memory- a feeling. To be able to paint murals in the city and to have one on the east side gave me the chance to feel more of a connection, a feeling of growing with 'home'”

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Colourful mural of a person with pink hair

Witch Prophet and rupi kaur, E.W.o.C Project Community Mural (section)

To Be Seen Is To Belong – E.W.o.C. Project Community Mural

The E.W.o.C. Project Community Mural re-purposes space and increases access to public art, while expanding representation of women of colour both on the walls and as artists. The murals stretch over ninety-feet long and depict women of colour who are activists, change-makers, and re-imaginings of classic superheroes.

Shafia Shaikh is the founder of The E.W.o.C. Project, an initiative expanding representation and creating opportunities for women of colour through community public art projects, youth workshops and street art. The project incorporates community engagement and sharing stories through accessible art. (30 minute tour of one large mural.)

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Installation of an abstract shape on stone plinth

Circle of Hope, ArtworxTO

Don Valley West

Bayview Corridor

Join us for this tour of the Bayview Corridor as a part of ArtworxTO Tours. This tour will introduce you to some of the sculptures at Holland Bloorview Hospital, Sunnybrook Hospital and York University's Glendon campus. The Tour starts at Holland Bloorview and ends at the park-like Glendon Campus. The Tour will take about one hour and a quarter. We’ll take you up Bayview Avenue and tell you about some of the artworks that you see, and the artists that created them. 

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Exteriors of the Aga Khan Museum + Ismaili Centre Toronto + Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre

Image 1-3 Aly Manji, Janet Kimber, and Janet Kimber Image 4 by permission of Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre

Don Valley East

Wynford Drive Cultural Corridor

Discover heritage, history, art, and modern design along the Wynford Drive Cultural Corridor, a hidden gem of diverse cultural centres: the Aga Khan Museum, the Aga Khan Park, the Ismaili Centre, Toronto, and the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre. Nestled in the heart of Don Mills, this thriving creative community offers spectacular art and architecture, and lively activities for all. Exploring this urban passageway, where culture and spirit beautifully intersect in an elegant landscape, is an experience not to be missed! The best time to visit is when the buildings are open, so check the websites for the Aga Khan Museum, Aga Khan Park, The Ismaili Centre, Toronto, and The JCCC.

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Installation of houses askew atop a pole in a park.

Star Burst Clock Tower, Cultural Hotspots

Don Valley North

Don Mills to Bayview Station – A Cultural Hotspot Tour

The tour will visit sites in Don Mills North, that relate to the history of this area, recall the early days of the planned community of Don Mills, and that enliven several of the subway stations we’ll pass through with remarkable public art. The tour takes about two-and-a-half to three hours including subway travel time.

For the last few stops, you’ll need to pay your fare to enter the subway, and since we’ll be exiting and re-entering the subway system you’ll want to use your Presto Card to complete this tour in a single two-hour transfer.

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A bandshell illuminated from the centre.

Limelights (Bandshell), ArtworxTO

Willowdale

Check out artworks in Willowdale!

Please join us on this tour of public art in Willowdale as part of ArtworxTO Tours. This tour will introduce you to “Lee Lifeson Park Memorial Mural” at an art park inspired by rock and roll. You will also visit art at Gibson and Dempsey Parks that builds on the rich history of the neighbourhood.    And you’ll also explore art that responds to new developments. This Tour starts at Sheppard-Yonge Subway Station, and ends at Finch Subway Station, The tour takes approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes to complete. 

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Mural of a woman surrounded by waves and the artist painting details

A work from Wallnoise, Street Arts Toronto

Beaches-East York

Water Ways – East End Arts

Living close to the lake makes east enders particularly conscious of our relationship to water and waterways. All along Queen East, and down to Lake Ontario, explore murals that take on the theme of water and our relationship to the landscape where we find ourselves. Starting at the Queen St. bridge, we begin this route with the words, “The river I step in is not the river I stand in.” What do those words mean to you? What is your connection to the waterways of Toronto? Suitable for Walking, Bike, TTC or combination. 

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